It’s More Fun Winning An Oscar If You Live in Louisiana

There’s something to be said for running a cartoon studio in a place where animation production isn’t commonplace. To celebrate the Animated Short Oscar for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the city of Shreveport, Louisiana threw an extravagant parade for Moonbot Studios and the film’s directors Bill Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg. Here’s a few perks you get if you win an Oscar in Louisiana that you probably won’t get in other places:

A free ride in a banana-colored convertible
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A marching band
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A customized battle tank plus confetti
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A decorated street-cleaning machine
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Acknowledgment from celebrities like Randal Reeder
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Custom-designed moon piesMoonbot

Balloons with flying books
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The adulation of children
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And, of course, women
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If you require more evidence for why it’s better to run an animation studio in a city few people have ever heard of, see the city of Shreveport’s Flickr page or this article in the Shreveport Times.

(via Big Screen Animation)


  • http://sparklepony.blogspot.com Peteykins

    They made a beautiful, beautiful film. I’m really happy for them.

  • Xelioth

    I live an HOUR from Shreveport and I didn’t at all hear of this parade! DANG IT!

    • http://bestanimatedshort.blogspot.com ajnrules

      Same here! Oh well. Hopefully I can still go to Moonbot Studios and get a tour.

  • Jennifer

    Nothing like throwing yourself a ticker tape parade!

    • Tak

      The truth in life is that very few others will, so…

      Well done to MoonBot, may their best be yet to come.

  • Old Man Father Time

    “Hey I won an award! LET HAVE THE WHOLE TOWN HOLD A PARADE AT THAT LAST MINUTE!”

    …Louisiana.

  • Bob

    All well-deserved! Lessmore is a terrific film, and Joyce has stayed loyal to his community. Win-win-win. Couldn’t happen for a nicer guy.

  • http://bakertoons.blogspot.com/ Charles Brubaker

    Well that settles it. I’m opening an animation studio in Tennessee, make a film, and win an Oscar. I want my own parade, dangit!

  • Brad Constantine

    This totally made my day! Congrats again,to Moonbot.plus,
    who doesn’t love a girl with nice balloons?

  • http://robertkohr.com Rob K.

    Thats so awesome!

  • The Gee

    Twenty years from now, that Moonpie will be worth its weight in gold!

  • Jody Morgan

    I’ve not only heard of Shreveport, I’ve driven through it numerous times; does that make me one of the cool kids?

  • Trevor

    Aren’t parades louisiana’s main export? after lovably corrupt politicians?

  • http://www.tomsito.com Tom Sito

    I love New Orleans’ habit of looking for any reason to have a street party. Last time I visited, I think they were having the Tabasco Sauce Three-Hole Punch Festival. Lassiez Les Bon Temps Rolle!

  • Matthew Koh

    I kinda wish this could’ve happen to other studios across the nation if they win.

  • Sarah

    LOVE IT! Best thing I have seen in all year. The parade looks better than Hotel Transylvania. I always loved these over the top American parades. Does this mean BlueSky will be doing a NY parade when Ice Age 5 wins the Oscar!

  • Toonio

    With that sense of community and belonging they can go to war with the world and win by a sweep.

    Congrats to Keith Orborn http://www.keithosborn.com, one of the many talented animators that worked on flying books.

    There no studio too small to make it big.

  • Brian O.

    Yay, Moonbot!

    Yay, Shreveport!

    F Hollywood!

  • Julian

    A “Good for you” in New York and LA is all this? DANG! Quit wasting all the money on that “Hotel Transylvania” tripe and give Moonbot a budget for a movie! I think I’d actually pay money to see it.

  • MissConception

    And this is why my animation studio will be in San Antonio. If I win an Academy Award, I will get a fiesta-style parade on the Riverwalk and maybe even get to meet the Spurs.

  • Manny

    Looks like good times.